Never argue on an empty stomach

April 26, 2011

in Good Marriage

I'm Hungry! © Piotr Marcinski |

I recently came across an interesting article titled “Justice is served, but more so after lunch: how food-breaks sway the decisions of judges”. I think the results have marriage applications. In short, a study found that the chances of getting a “favourable decision” from a judge was significantly related to how long it had been since the judge ate. The longer since the judge’s last meal or snack, the more likely it was that the judgement would be bad for the accused.

Why would we think that we, or our brides, would be any different? Seems to me this makes it clearly a bad plan to argue on an empty stomach. Probably best to avoid important decisions and anything where you and she are likely to have a difference of opinion until you have both eaten. It sounds too simple to change anything, but what do you have to lose?

This also suggests that it’s wise to start date night with something to eat. Even better if you do it in a calm place where you can relax, take your time, and reconnect.

Finally, would a bit of chocolate before bed improve your changes of a “favourable decision” in the bedroom? Hummmm ….

Image Credit: © Piotr Marcinski |


Hmmm. Our tradition has always been to share chocolate afterward. Perhaps we should re-think that.

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